A petition was filed by Cyber activist, Anivar A. Aravind, in Karnataka High court against the latest guidelines issued by the Central government mandating the download and use of Aarogya Setu app.
A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice E S Indiresh was formed. Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves who was appearing on behalf of the petitioner contending the directives by Union Home Ministry regarding the use of contact tracing app i.e. Aarogya Setu app violates the Fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution under Article 14,19 and 21.
The Central government in order to clarify that it wasn’t mandatory for those persons traveling by air or rail. Additional Solicitor General, M N Nargund informed the bench, “A person can travel by air without having downloaded the Aarogya Setu app and the same thing applies for travel by railways. A self-declaration, though, will have to be given by the passenger. It is advisable to download the Aarogya Setu application. If they (passengers) want to have it; if they don’t want to have don’t have it”
Further posting the matter to 10 July, the Karnataka HC has directed the state and central government to file its statement of objections and other contentions on the issues raised in the petition.
By: Shifa Qureshi